Captain
Andrew Turkstra

Member since January 2017 Nanaimo, Canada
Background
I have been fishing all my life. Many had suggested I become a fishing guide, so I took their advice and after working for a number of different fishing charters on the west coast of Vancouver Island, I started my own business called Reel Time Fishing Charters. With a passion for boating, fishing and the enjoyment of helping people catch fish, there has been no looking back!
Techniques
Trolling and jigging

Hey, I'm Captain Andrew Turkstra

Nanaimo, Canada
Background
I have been fishing all my life. Many had suggested I become a fishing guide, so I took their advice and after working for a number of different fishing charters on the west coast of Vancouver Island, I started my own business called Reel Time Fishing Charters. With a passion for boating, fishing and the enjoyment of helping people catch fish, there has been no looking back!
Techniques
Trolling and jigging

My Charter Listing

Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo

4.6 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (48)
Nanaimo
 Last booking: 4 days ago
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $373

Fishing Reports

Nanaimo Salmon Fishing Specials with Ree
Nanaimo Salmon Fishing Specials with Ree
Jan 3, 2022 Nanaimo
Nanaimo Salmon Fishing Specials with Reel Time Fishing Charters The alarm sounds only to remind you its 6 am. You jump out of bed and quickly dress in layers of warm clothing. Grabbing your favorite coffee mug, you open the fridge door and pull out a small bag of snacks and beverages. Wallet, keys, cell phone and fishing license, that’s all you’ll be needing today! Quietly, you exit the front door just as the headlights of your friend’s car pull up the driveway. After a quick stop at the local coffee shop, you head down to Nanaimo’s waterfront. Pulling into the parking lot, you notice the first rays of light beginning to awaken a new day. Parking the car, you and your friend quickly gather your things. As you walk towards the dock in the cold stillness of the morning, you notice the only other sound, the gentle gurgle of a boat motor. With a light skip to your step, you wonder what is it about the salmon fishing that stirs the heart of both young and the old alike? Captain Turk greets you with his usual enthusiasm. After years of guiding, he’s as excited about the adventure as you are. It’s been a number of years since you’ve last fished with him so he goes over the safety features of his new ride, a 26ft Hourston Glascraft. It’s truly an angler’s dream boat, lots of deck space, a full galley with cabin heat, a stand-up head, the latest in fishing electronics and gear and a flybridge. He then unties and pushes off. The moment is here, we are on our way. Gliding out of the New Castle Channel, the engine suddenly roars to life as the boat gets up on plane leaving the docks and doldrums behind. Rounding the corner of New Castle Island, you are greeted by a large orange ball cresting the eastern horizon and piercing through the early morning mist. Captain Turk points out two massive rock structures just off the shoreline that resemble large chess figures. As you exit Departure Bay and enter the open waters of the Salish Sea, Captain Turk steers the boat towards Clark Rock. Minutes later, he slows to a stop. Turning off the main, he drops the trolling motor and fires it up. He checks he chart plotter and says with a smile, “We’re here!” As the trolling motor warms, he positions the downriggers and readies the rods. Surrounded by water and wonder, you take in the quiet beauty of the day. You take in a deep breath thinking when did it ever feel so safe and satisfying? Its then you realize the boat is moving forward, reels peeling out line as Captain Turk drops the gear down. Selecting the desired depth, both rods bent over, he turns to you and your friend and says, “Let the fun begin” Every fishing trip is a new adventure. You never know what to expect. And that’s what makes each charter a memorable experience and a gift. We are so privileged to still be able to fish for these magnificent creatures that taste good, look good, and fight good! It is also why 5% of each trip goes back into salmon restoration projects through the Pacific Salmon Foundation. So, as another year begins, book a life giving trip with Reel Time Fishing Charters. Experience the wonder. Invest in its future.

Customer Reviews

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4.6
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Great day with Captain Andrew
Great day with Captain Andrew
Great day with Captain Andrew
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
85%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
71%
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Lynn S.
St. Albert, AB
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Great day with Captain Andrew

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on July 15, 2021
The waters were rough but the trip was smooth!  Five of us on a family reunion had a wonderful afternoon with Captain Andrew...
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Nadr J.
Edmonton, AB
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Half day trip with Captain Turk

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on July 4, 2021
Excellent boat. Prepared very well. Very friendly with everyone including the kids. Was great for us beginner fisherpeople....
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Jessica G.
Cremona, AB
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Amazing experience for the whole family

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on July 3, 2021
Turk was an amazing guide. We took our 3 kids, 11,8 and 4 with us and he was super conscientious of the conditions and excellent...
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Ken O.
Milton, ON
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Half day trip with Captain Turk

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (PM) on August 23, 2021
No trophy catches, but good fun. Two adults, two children, all treated well by Captain Turk. Entertaining, interesting conversation...
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Robert I.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
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Am 4 hr trip.

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - In Season (AM) on July 14, 2021
We had great time fishing with Captain Turk. He definitely knows his stuff, we all caught nice fish!  Was fun chatting with...
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